Augustus scores 25 points, Lynx improve to 7-0
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx defeated the San Antonio Stars 87-79 on Sunday to maintain their perfect start to the new season.
Seimone Augustus had 25 points to lead the Lynx, who swept the home-and-home series with San Antonio and improved their record to 7-0.
Maya Moore added 18 points, Tan White scored 17 and Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which won its second title in three seasons last year.
Jia Perkins scored 16 points and Becky Hammon added 15 points for the Stars, who suffered their first home loss.
In other games, Washington’s Ivory Latta scored 14 points and hit vital shots in all three overtime sessions as the Mystics survived 31 turnovers for a 92-84 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.
After missing a potential game-winning jumper in regulation, Latta sank an off-balance 3-pointer for a 66-66 tie with 5.9 seconds remaining in the first overtime. She also tied it at 78 on two free throws with 5 seconds left in the second overtime.
Her fourth 3-pointer then gave Washington an 86-84 lead with 1:11 remaining in the third overtime.
Bria Hartley paced four double-digit scorers off the bench with 20 points for the Mystics, while Candace Parker led the Sparks with 32 points.
Seattle’s Crystal Langhorne scored a season-high 23 points to help the Storm beat the Shock 62-60, keeping Tulsa (0-5) winless on the season.
And Connecticut’s Chiney Ogwumike and Renee Montgomery each scored 18 points to help the Sun beat the Atlanta Dream 85-76.